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Firespell: The Dark Elite Paperback – 14 Oct 2010


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softcover edition (14 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575095415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575095410
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 650,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chloe Neill was born in the south of the USA and currently resides in the US Midwest. SOME GIRLS BITE is her debut novel and the first in the Chicagoland Vampires series.

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Forget The House of Night, it's time to join the Dark Elite...

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Chloe Neill was born in the south of the USA and currently resides in the US Midwest. FIRESPELL is her debut YA novel and the first in the Dark Elite series.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Leanna Elle on 3 May 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Despite having read some really positive reviews of Firespell, I have to say I had a pretty lukewarm reaction to this one to begin with. Being the first in a series, I expected to encounter a lot of background information and a lot of character introductions, and generally that's OK with me. I actually love book that are heavy on character development , but here it just didn't really work for me. I think this was partly to do with the writing style which was very direct and to the point, with not much room for description. I really felt that this affected the flow of the story, and at times I struggled to continue with the book.

Firespell really didn't pick up for me until maybe five chapters from the end which was when the action really kicked in. On the strength of those chapters I want to read the next book in the series. Also, while I didn't really enjoy this book at times, I think the concept of the series is actually really interesting, and Lily, once I warmed to her and her endless sarcasm, is a pretty sassy protagonist. The friendship between Lily and Scout was also fun to read and pretty humorous.

As always, there is a love interest, and here the connection between Lily and Jason is well written, and believable, although their budding romance wasn't really developed in this book. However, I'm sure this will be explored much further in the next book. Also, I liked the fact that while Lily is obviously attracted to this hot guy, she doesn't turn to jelly and fall at his feet whenever he`s around, preferring to remain her sassy self at all times. I sense a love triangle further on in the series too Let's just say that I'm very interested in finding out more about the mysterious reaper Sebastian.

There are a lot of unanswered questions at the end of this book, and a lot more to be explored in book two, which despite my initial reservations, I am looking forward to checking out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Mar. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lily's parents just broke the news that they're taking a two-year sabbatical in Munich, Germany - and that she's not invited. Immediately, Lily has visions of staying with Ashley while going through the SATs, college application process, and the prom. Her daydream fades as her mom breaks the news about a boarding school in Chicago.

The first day at St. Sophia's raises questions for Lily. She's so unsure why she's enrolled. Most girls have been coming here for years. She does connect with one of her suite mates, who could be her new best friend. But Scout has a secret, and it involves sneaking off until the middle of the night.

Scout's not about to fill Lily in just yet, so unable to hide her curiosity, Lily follows her one night down into the depths of the school in a maze of twists and turns. She stays behind a locked doorway until she hears Scout on the other side. Lily has tons more questions that Scout refuses to answer in order to keep her safe.

Trouble follows Lily around, and before long she falls victim to a prank and ends up locked in a room in the basement. By the time she figures out how to unlock the door, she runs into Scout and two boys running for their lives. Together, they race for the door to escape, but Lily get hit with magic and goes down. She wakes up in a hospital and forces Scout to spill the secret. Once she finds out, she wishes she didn't know quite so much.

Chloe Neill starts off her YA debut with a bang and never looks back. The mysterious school, bratty classmates, secret societies, and one best friend combine together to make an awesome start to a new paranormal series.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny, Wondrous Reads TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you're a fan of Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires series and haven't yet read Firespell, I really think you should. I found the character dynamics and plot very similar, but not in a you-stole-my-idea way. I could totally see Claire and Co. hanging out with Lily and Scout, and I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty cool.

Firespell has some awesome snappy dialogue, which was often uttered by seriously snarky teenagers. It moved as fast as a TV show script, with the banter between Lily and Scout being a definite high point of the book. Throw in some paranormal activity, two hot, sexy boys and a boarding school knee-deep in secrets, and you have a YA story sure to please many readers.

The plot itself isn't really anything new, but the characters make it interesting and exciting. It is predictable in parts, but hey, I don't mind - I'm willing to overlook anything for conversation this jazzy. I should also probably admit that I have a *tiny* crush on Jason. Even though his chemistry with Lily isn't off-the-charts hot, it certainly has potential, and I'm expecting good things from the rest of the Dark Elite series.

Don't expect this to be the next big thing, but do expect to have a fun read. It's great escapist fiction, and fits into my favourite genre nicely. Paranormal YA needs more magic-centric novels, and if you've had your fill of vampires and werewolves, mark this as your next stop on the book train.

3.5/5
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Firespell came out as a rather entertaining reading. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book but I certainly did.

This book tells the story of Lily Parker who is sent to a boarding school in Chicago when her parents are offered an opportunity of a lifetime in Germany. Lily soon becomes friend with the school’s “freak” Scout who sneaks out of the school at night. Strange things are sure happening and when Lily is thrust into underground Chicago, her whole life with have a supernatural twist she sure didn’t see that coming. And she also didn’t see that she would eventually have magic herself…

The first half of the book didn’t have much going on but it didn’t bother me. Lily was a fun character to meet and her voice was credible and realistic enough to have a connection. Plus, the plot was slowly developing and not having much happening was alright.

The supernatural underground world setting was pretty much what had me curious about this series. Not everyone in St. Sophia has powers and the strange missions that Scout slowly drags Lily into. Fighting off Reapers – magic users who suck peoples’ energy – and dealing with other kind of paranormal beings isn’t exactly what Lily had in mind.

Chloe Neill’s writing was easy to read and extremely funny. I’ve never read anything from this author before but I sure became quite a fan.

Firespell is a nice book with great characters, writing details, a plot that unfolds slowly and isn’t boring and a world building interesting enough that sure deserves more to it.
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